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November 2019 - Sports



  • Vijender Singh claims 12th successive professional win. Indian boxing star Vijender Singh for Ghana’s former Commonwealth champion Charles Adamu claim his 12th successive win and ensure that his four-year unbeaten streak in the professional circuit. The 34-year-old former Olympic bronze-medallist prevailed unanimously in an eight-round super middleweight contest against the 42-year-old.


  • Bodybuilder Chitharesh Natesan crowned as Mr Universe 2019. Chitahresh Natesan who is a 33yr old former hockey player turned bodybuilder. He is known as the 'Indian Monster' by bodybuilding circles. He became the first Indian to win Mr. Universe (Pro) 2019 in the 90kg category at the 11th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship(WBPF) in South Korea.

    India secured the second position in the team championship category at the same event. The title of IBFF Mr. World (Overall Champion category 2018) and a recipient of Professional Body Building Card by IBFF. He awarded Mr. Asia, 2017 (Overall Category) four times Mr. India Champion for the years 2015-2018. I also won the title of Mr. Delhi four times for the years 2015-2018.


  • IAAF officially changed its name as “World Athletics”. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has officially changed its name and will now be known as “World Athletics”. The name has been changed in a bid to make the sport more accessible. The IAAF was founded in 1912 as the International Amateur Athletic Federation and changed its name to the “International Association of Athletics Federations” in 2001.


  • Brazil lifted U-17 World Cup title. The Brazilian football team defeated the football team of Mexico in the finals for 2-1, to win the 18th edition of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) under 17 World Cup trophy held in Brasilia, Brazil recently. The victory added to Brazil’s successes in 1997, 1999 and 2003 as it moved within one of Nigeria’s record of five championships.


  • Bajrang Punia honoured in Dubai. Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia was conferred the Indian Personality of the Year Award (Sports) at the Indo Arab Leaders Summit & Awards 2019 in Dubai recently. World powerlifting champion Mahant Gaurav Sharma was also honoured with Visionary Leaders of the Year (Sports) award.


  • In tennis, world number one Rafael Nadal has clinched sixth Davis Cup title for Spain after beating Denis Shapovalov of Canada in front of a jubilant home crowd in Madrid. Nadal defeated Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) to clinch Spain’s 2-0 win against Canada.

    The world number one has won all eight of his rubbers to help Spain to a first title since 2011. In 2010 Nadal won three majors, but the 33-year-old will likely look back on 2019 as an extraordinary year as he won the French Open and the US Open, made the Australian Open final and also reached the Wimbledon semifinals.


  • In badminton, India's Lakshya Sen has won the Scottish Open men's single title, defeating Brazilian Ygor Coelho to seal his fourth title in three months. The 18-year-old Indian started his year with a silver medal at the Polish Open International Challenge in March. After a series of disappointing exits, Sen went on to win the Belgian International in September, his first title of the year.


  • India bag 28 medals including 13 gold in U-15 Asian Wrestling Championships. In wrestling, India concluded its campaign at the Under-15 Asian Championships with 28 medals, including 13 gold, 14 silver and a bronze. The Indian grapplers continued as they won 5 gold on the last day at Taichung, China. Led by 2019 Cadet World Championships bronze medallist Deepak Chahal, the freestyle grapplers captured four gold while one gold came in the Greco-Roman category.

    While Chahal won the gold in 75kg, Vishal in 62kg, Sagar Jaglan in 68kg and Jatin in 85kg were the others who finished on the top podium. Most impressive of the lot was Sagar. He was down 1-6 against Bexultanov Yerkhan of Kazakhstan before making a remarkable turnaround in the last 20 seconds to win the bout 7-6. Harsh remained unbeatable in 44 kg category of Greco Roman.


  • Haryana's Sangram Dahiya and Varsha Varman of Madhya Pradesh clinched double trap titles, winning gold at the 63rd National Shotgun Shooting Championship in New Delhi on 25th November, 2019.

    In men's category, Sangram shot 142 out of 150 targets to leave behind former world champion Ankur Mittal, who managed 137 hits over the five rounds of 30 targets each to win silver. Punjab's Prithvi Singh Chahal won bronze with a score of 135.

    Varsha, in the women's category of 120 targets each, had 97 to her name to clinch the gold ahead of state-mate Manisha Keer, who had 93 hits winning Silver. Mahima Vishwakarma ensured a Madhya Pradesh sweep in the category, winning bronze with 92. Both Sangram and Varsha also won the team gold for their respective States.


  • Eliud Kipchoge, the first man to run a marathon in less than two hours, and 400 metres hurdles world champion Dalilah Muhammad won the World Athlete of the Year awards. Kipchoge, 35, claimed governing body World Athletics' year-ending prize in Monaco after making history last month when he ran the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 miles) in 1hr 59min 40.2sec. The Olympic champion, who also holds the official world record of 2h01m39sec, won this year's London marathon in April before his incredible feat in an unofficial event in Vienna.


  • Indian archer Atanu Das clinched a bronze medal in individual category of men's recurve at the Asian Championships in Kolkata on 26 November, 2019. Das, competing as a neutral athlete under the World Archery flag due to the suspension of the Indian federation, beat Jin Hayek Oh of Korea 6-5 in the shoot-off in the bronze-medal match. He had also won a bronze in the recurve mixed team event with Deepika Kumari on 25 November, 2019.


  • Deepika Kumari wins gold, Ankita bags silver in Asian archery Championships. Indian archers Deepika Kumari won gold while Ankita Bhakat bagged silver medal in the women's individual recurve event of the 21st Asian Championships in Bangkok. Deepika defeated Ankita 6-0 in the one-sided final. The duo had earlier secured an individual Olympic quota for the country by storming into the semifinals of the event.


  • Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam claimed the gold in compound mixed pair event at the 21st Asian Archery Championships in Bangkok. The Indians defeated Chinese Taipei opponents Yi-Hsuan Chen and Chieh-Luh Chen 158-151 in the final clash. India picked up seven medals including one gold, two silver and four bronze meddles in the event.

    India had earlier bagged four bronze medals in the recurve events with Atanu Das playing a central role. The Indian archers participated in the tournament as neutral athletes under the World Archery flag due to the suspension of the national federation Archery Association of India (AAI). The men's team has already secured Olympic quota from the World Championships. The women's team will look to bag the berths from the continental championship which is offering six places for next year's Tokyo Olympics.


  • The Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow became the second neutral venue in India to host a Test match. Afghanistan and the West Indies are playing in a one-off Test at the stadium.

    Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun became the first neutral venue to host a Test in the country. Afghanistan and the host Ireland for a one-off Test in March 2019.
    Neutral venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium and Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi have played host to the maximum number of 13 neutral Tests so far. It is followed by the Sharjah Cricket Stadium which hosted 9 matches and the Lord's London which hosted two such Tests matches.


  • The Assam Olympic Association (AOA) will launch a new programme "Grassroot Olympic – Mission Talent Hunt" to identify and groom sports talent in the state. Sarbananda Sonowal was the president of the Assam Olympic Association. AOA will organize sports events in five categories covering players from 10 years to 60 years of age in the state. Assam will host the 3rd edition of KIYG in 2020.


  • In Shooting, India's Manu Bhaker, Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Panwar clinched gold medals in their events in the ISSF World Cup Finals in Putian, China on 21 November 2019. Elavenil claimed gold in the women's 10 metres air rifle competition. India is currently top of the table with three gold medals, followed by China's two gold, one silver, one bronze.


  • China Open: Kento Momota beats Tien Chen. Kento Momota won his 10th title as Japan's world number one defeated Taiwan's world number two Tien-chen to retain his Fuzhou China Open Badminton crown on 10 November, 2019.

    Chen Yufei similarly successfully defended the women's title with a victory over Japan's Nozomi Okuhara. It was more disappointment for Okuhara, who has now lost all six finals, she has contested this year (2019).


  • Javelin thrower Sundar Singh wins gold in World Para Athletics Championships. Javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar has won India's second gold defending his World Para Athletics Championships title in the men's F46 javelin throw event in Dubai. With this, India has secured three Tokyo Paralympic Games quota, along with the bronze winner Ajeet Singh and Rinku.

    Gurjar came up with his season's best effort of 61.22m to claim the top spot. Singh sent the spear to a distance of 59.46m to clinch the bronze while Rinku finished fourth. While, Yogesh Kathuniya added a silver for India in men's discus throw F56 event with a best throw of 42.05m. India now have two gold, two silver and a bronze in the Championships.


  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will meet top officials of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in New Delhi to bring Shooting back on the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games roster. The IOA brass, including President Narinder Batra and Secretary-General, Rajeev Mehta, along with Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju will meet CGF President Louise Martin and CEO David Grevemberg to protest Shooting's exclusion from the CWG.

    The sport has been dropped owing to logistical issues cited by the local organising committee. For the first time since 1974, Shooting has been excluded from the Games roster. In protest, the IOA had threatened to pull out of the Games if it was not reinstated. Shooting has always been one of India's top medal contributors in the CWG. The discipline yielded 16 medals, including seven gold, at the last edition of the event at Gold Coast in Australia.


  • India has recorded the best-ever nine medals haul at the World Para Athletics Championship in Dubai. With two gold, two silver and five bronze, India secured 13 qualifying spots at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Until this edition, London 2017 had been India's best-ever show where the para-athletes finished with five medals in the joint 34th place.

    Asian Para Games 2018 champion javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhary in F64 category won the Gold for India.

    In the same event, India had its single two podium finish with Sumit Antil taking the silver (62.88m).

    Another gold came from Sundar Singh Gurjar who defended his Worlds title in men's javelin F46 category with a season's best distance of 61.22 metres.

    Seasoned high jumper Sharad Kumar claimed the other silver medal for India, clearing the bar at a season-best 1.83 metres in men's high jump T63 finals.

    China topped the medals tally with 59 medals including 25 gold. Brazil (39) and Great Britain (28) followed China. The USA ended fourth with 34 medals. Russia, participating in the championships for the first time since 2016 doping ban, were sixth with 41 medals.


  • India's Lakshya Sen has won the SaarLorLux Open badminton tournament at Saarbrücken in Germany. He defeated Sen Weng Hong Yang of China in an exciting final. World number 51 Lakshya took 59 minutes to overcome Weng in the summit clash. The 18-year-old from Uttarakhand had entered the final beating Kiran George in an all-Indian semifinal.


  • Prithvi Sekhar won gold in Deaf Championship. India’s unseeded Prithvi Sekhar beat 3rd seeded Jaroslav Smedek of the Czech Republic by 6-4, 6-3 points and clinched the men’s singles title in World Deaf Tennis Championships 2019. The 2nd Edition of World Deaf Tennis Championships 2019 was held in Antalya, Turkey. He had also won the men’s doubles bronze medal with Prashanth Dasharath Harsambhavi.


  • Shahbaz Nadeem helps India B lift Deodhar Trophy. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem claimed four wickets as India B lifted the Deodhar Trophy with a comprehensive 51-run win over India C in the final in Ranchi. With bowlers Shahbaz Nadeem 4/32 and Mohammed Siraj 2/43 India B restricted India C to 231 for 9 to complete the victory.


  • Novak Djokovic won the Paris Masters 2019 title. He won the title for the fifth time, sealed his 34th Master's title and fifth overall ATP victory of the year 2019. He defeated Canada's Denis Shapovalov and secured 6-3 6-4 to win the title.


  • Rafael Nadal secured No 1 spot for eighth time. Rafael Nadal is back to the world No. 1 for the eighth time in his career in the ATP rankings released on 4 Nov 2019. He overtook Novak Djokovic. Djokovic slipped down the rankings because he lost the points that he won a year ago in London when Nadal was absent.


  • Indian Hockey teams qualify for 2020 Olympics. In Men's Hockey, eight-time champions India qualified for next year's Tokyo Olympic after mauling Russia 7-1 in the second game of the two-legged FIH Qualifiers for men in Bhubaneswar. The Indian men, ranked fifth in the world. The Indian women's also sealed their place after beating the US on aggregate despite losing the second match 1-4.


  • Official emblem unveiled for FIFA U-17 2020. The official emblem of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for the year 2020 which is to be conducted in India was unveiled. The emblem was unveiled by Fédération Internationale de Football Association(FIFA) and Local Organising Committee(LOC) at the launch event in the gateway of India, Mumbai, Maharashtra. The colour and style of the emblem are inspired by Bandhani textiles.



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